1979 in film

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List of years in film (table)
  • 1976
  • 1977
  • 1978
  • 1979
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1982
  • In home video
    1976
    1977
    1978
    1979
    1980
    1981
    1982
    In television
    1976
    1977
    1978
    1979
    1980
    1981
    1982

    The year 1979 in film involved many significant events.

    Highest-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

    The top ten 1979 released films by North American gross are as follows:

    Highest-grossing films of 1979 (United States)
    Rank Title Distributor Gross
    1. Kramer vs. Kramer Columbia $106,260,000[1]
    2. The Amityville Horror American International Pictures $86,432,520[2]
    3. Rocky II United Artists $85,182,160[3]
    4. Apocalypse Now United Artists $83,471,511[4]
    5. Star Trek: The Motion Picture Paramount $82,258,456[5]
    6. Alien 20th Century Fox $80,931,801[6]
    7. 10 Warner Bros. $74,865,517[7]
    8. The Jerk Universal $73,691,419[8]
    9. Moonraker United Artists $70,308,099[9]
    10. The Muppet Movie Associated Film Distribution $65,200,000[10]

    Highest-grossing films (international)[edit]

    Highest-grossing films of 1979 (international markets)
    Country Title Distributor Gross (local currency) Gross (US$)
    India Suhaag Sharma Cine Associates 100,000,000[11] $12,310,000[12]
    Japan Galaxy Express 999 Toei ¥16,500,000,000[13] $76,120,000[14]
    Soviet Union Zhenshchina, Kotoraya Poyot Mosfilm 13,725,000 руб[15][16] $20,827,011[17]
    United Kingdom Superman Columbia-EMI-Warner £11,547,308[18][19] $24,455,309[20]

    Major events[edit]

    Awards[edit]

    Academy Awards:

    Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer - Jaffe, Columbia
    Best Director: Robert Benton - Kramer vs. Kramer
    Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
    Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
    Best Supporting Actress: Meryl Streep - Kramer vs. Kramer
    Best Supporting Actor: Melvyn Douglas - Being There
    Best Foreign Language Film: The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany

    Golden Globe Awards:

    Drama:
    Best Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer
    Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman - Kramer vs. Kramer
    Best Actress: Sally Field - Norma Rae
    Musical or comedy:
    Best Picture: Breaking Away
    Best Actor: Peter Sellers - Being There
    Best Actress: Bette Midler - The Rose
    Other
    Best Director: Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse Now
    Best Foreign Language Film: La Cage aux Folles (France)

    Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

    Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, United States
    The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), directed by Volker Schlöndorff, W. Germany

    Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

    David, directed by Peter Lilienthal, West Germany

    Notable films released in 1979[edit]

    U.S.A. unless stated

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    1979 film releases[edit]

    January–March[edit]

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    Births[edit]

    Notable deaths[edit]

    Month Date Name Age Country Profession Notable films
    January 11 Jack Soo 61 USA Actor
    16 Peter Butterworth 59 UK Actor, Writer
    16 Ted Cassidy 46 USA Actor
    18 Cyril J. Mockridge 82 UK Composer
    25 Dick Crockett 63 USA Stuntman, Actor
    February 12 Jean Renoir 84 USA Director, Writer, Actor
    16 Louise Allbritton 58 USA Actress
    17 William Gargan 73 USA Actor
    19 Leigh Jason 74 USA Director
    28 Jane Hylton 51 UK Actress
    March 1 Dolores Costello 75 USA Actress
    2 Edith Craig 71 USA Actress
    6 John Robinson 70 UK Actor
    9 Barbara Mullen 64 UK Actress
    19 John Tate 64 UK Actor Invasion
    22 Ben Lyon 78 USA Actor, Writer
    24 Yvonne Mitchell 63 UK Actress
    April 4 Edgar Buchanan 76 USA Actor
    6 Norman Tokar 59 USA Director
    10 Nino Rota 67 Italy Composer
    24 John Carroll 72 USA Actor
    May 6 Rosemary La Planche 55 USA Actress
    8 Victor Saville 83 UK Producer, Director
    10 Beatrice Campbell 56 UK Actress
    11 Joan Chandler 55 USA Actress
    26 George Brent 80 USA Actor
    29 Mary Pickford 87 USA Actress, Producer, Writer
    June 2 Larisa Shepitko 41 Soviet Union Director
    2 Jim Hutton 45 USA Actor
    6 Jack Haley 80 USA Actor
    11 John Wayne 72 USA Actor, Producer, Director
    14 David Butler 84 USA Director
    16 Nicholas Ray 67 USA Director, Writer, Actor
    19 Nick Grinde 86 USA Director
    21 Julian Orchard 49 UK Actor, Writer
    July 8 Michael Wilding 66 UK Actor, Producer
    13 Corinne Griffith 84 USA Actress
    22 Kathleen Case 45 USA Actress
    25 Eric Pohlmann 66 Germany Actor
    26 Virginia Brissac 96 USA Actress
    27 Ettore Manni 52 Italy Actor
    27 Shirley Mason 79 USA Actress
    28 George Seaton 68 USA Director
    28 Frederick Stafford 51 Czechoslovakia Actor
    31 Beatrix Lehmann 76 UK Actress The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
    August ?? Betty Henderson 72 UK Actress
    6 Kurt Kasznar 65 Austria Actor
    10 Dick Foran 69 USA Actor
    17 Vivian Vance 70 USA Actress
    21 Stuart Heisler 82 USA Director
    30 Jean Seberg 40 USA Actress
    September 1 Doris Kenyon 81 USA Actress
    2 Felix Aylmer 90 UK Actor
    12 Jocelyne LaGarde 54 Tahiti Actress Hawaii
    17 Willis Goldbeck 80 USA Screenwriter
    22 Frederick Piper 76 UK Actor
    23 Catherine Lacey 75 UK Actress
    26 John Cromwell 91 USA Director
    26 Arthur Hunnicutt 69 USA Actor
    27 Gracie Fields 81 UK Actress, Singer
    October 1 Dorothy Arzner 82 USA Director
    3 Dorothy Peterson 81 USA Actress
    12 Celia Lovsky 82 Austria Actress
    15 Geoffrey Moon ?? ?? Actor
    17 John Stuart 81 UK Actor
    30 Graham Ashley 52 UK Actor
    November 2 Saro Urzì 66 Italy Actor
    5 Amedeo Nazzari 71 Italy Actor
    8 Sydney Tafler 63 UK Actor
    11 Dimitri Tiomkin 85 Russia Composer
    20 Michael Darbyshire 62 UK Actor, Writer
    22 George Froeschel 88 USA Screenwriter
    23 Merle Oberon 68 USA Actress, Producer
    30 Joyce Grenfell 69 UK Actress
    30 Zeppo Marx 64 USA Actor, Director
    December 5 Jesse Pearson 49 USA Actor Bye Bye Birdie
    5 Lesley Selander 70 USA Director
    9 James Neilson 70 USA Director
    10 Ann Dvorak 68 USA Actress
    11 Claire Carleton 66 USA Actress
    12 Jon Hall 64 USA Actor, Director
    22 George Pollock 72 UK Director
    23 Ernest B. Schoedsack 86 USA Director, Cinematographer, Producer
    25 Michael Collins 57 Canada Actor
    25 Lee Bowman 79 USA Actor
    25 Joan Blondell 73 USA Actress

    Debuts[edit]

    References[edit]

    1. ^ "Box Office Information for Kramer vs. Kramer". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
    2. ^ "Box Office Information for The Amityville Horror". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
    3. ^ "Box Office Information for Rocky II". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
    4. ^ "Box Office Information for Apocalypse Now". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
    5. ^ "Box Office Information for Star Trek: The Motion Picture". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
    6. ^ "Box Office Information for Alien". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 21 June 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
    7. ^ "Box Office Information for 10". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 4 July 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
    8. ^ "Box Office Information for The Jerk". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
    9. ^ "Box Office Information for Moonraker". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 31 May 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
    10. ^ "The Muppet Movie". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
    11. ^ "Box Office 1979". Box Office India. 20 October 2013. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. 
    12. ^ "Pacific Exchange Rate Service (8.1258 INR per USD)" (PDF). UBC Sauder School of Business. University of British Columbia. 1979. p. 3. Retrieved 21 November 2017. 
    13. ^ "FEATURE: Japanese Anime Magazine Retrospective: "Animage" in August 1979". Crunchyroll. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
    14. ^ "Currency converter in the past with official exchange rates from 1953". fxtop. August 4, 1979. 
    15. ^ Sergey Kudryavtsev. "Отечественные фильмы в советском кинопрокате". 
    16. ^ Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
    17. ^ "Archive (0.6590 SUR per USD)". Central Bank of Russia. 1992. 
    18. ^ "The Ultimate Chart: 1–100". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
    19. ^ "UK cinema average ticket price (£1.1332 in 1979)". Terra Media. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
    20. ^ "Pacific Exchange Rate Service (0.47218 GBP per USD)" (PDF). UBC Sauder School of Business. University of British Columbia. 1979. p. 3. Retrieved 21 November 2017.